A Beautiful Embroidered Binding
    from the Seventeenth Century

    [Embroidered Binding]. [Bible in English]. The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testament. [Old Testament Volume Only.] Oxford: Printed by the University Printers, 1696. Twelvemo. Volume one of two. [Ends with "Prophets"] A-2I12.2K4 [2K4 blank]. Contemporary red velvet embroidered with gold thread; center and corner designs on covers, spine with repeating design in compartments; velvet faded and rubbed in places, front cover detached with front endpapers; marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, margins trimmed close without text loss, upper outer corners bumped in the middle of the volume, early signatures on title and front endpapers [signatures of Madam Osbond 1705, Mary Moxon, and Mary Hose 1787], calculations of Solomon's Temple on rear endpaper in an eighteenth century fine hand, occasional neat small pen numbers to chapter heads, otherwise a good copy. Housed in custom made cloth case. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "In the centuries before printing, the most important and lavishly decorated manuscripts were usually clothed in elaborate coverings bearing the work of the goldsmith, or in the case of textile coverings, the work of a skilled embroiderer. Unfortunately fabrics, particularly velvet, do not have the lasting qualities of animal skins, and only a comparatively small number of examples of such coverings have survived. Most velvet and embroidered bindings on printed books date from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries...In England the popular embroidered bindings of the first half of the seventeenth century were rarely produced after the Civil War..." - Fine & Historic Bookbindings From The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1992.           

    Wing B2369 (4 copies in US). ESTC r25628. Herbert 842.

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